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The Royal Geographical Society Young Geographer of the Year Awards

The Royal Geographical Society (RGS), with the Institute of British Geographers (IBG), has announced the winning students of ‘Young Geographer of the Year’. 

The annual competition encourages students to engage with geographical issues and receives hundreds of entries from students in the UK and internationally. In this year’s competition students were invited to explore the question ‘Where, how and why?’ in the context of where they want to travel to, how they would get there, and why they want to travel there.

Professor Joe Smith, RGS-IBG Director, said: “We were extremely impressed by the overwhelming quality of entries to this year’s competition, with hundreds of pupils taking part from across the UK and beyond. We were looking for – and found – original entries showing how sustainability was at the forefront of our entrants’ minds when thinking about travel today. Understanding environmental change but also connecting to others whether near or far were consistent themes.

“Geography plays a crucial role in our understanding of place and space, and we’re delighted to see so many submissions cleverly reflect how travelling with purpose can enrich our lives and help us to better understand the world by widening our geographical horizons. The standard was exceptionally high, and the work was produced in a thoughtful and knowledgeable way. Congratulations to the winners and all who took part. We know that they all have bright geographical futures ahead.”

Very many congratulations to our Year 8 student for her Highly Commended Award in the KS3 category.